Stroh appointed District Clerk

By BILL BAUMBACH
Collin County Observer

The District Judges in Collin County have appointed attorney Andrea Stroh as District Clerk to serve until the November 2012 election.

Stroh told us that she hope she can bring the office a “fresh perspective”, with no ties to any members in that office and courthouse.

 Stroh said she hope she could, “elevate the office of District Clerk,” by being dedicated, “through time to restore the citizens’ faith in their department and the elections”.

 She will file for candidacy, in the GOP primary, for the remainder of the term ending in 2014.

Interim District Clerk Judy Blazier had already made plans to retire at the end of this month. She told the Collin County Observer that she had absolutely no desire to be the District Clerk, but that she would keep the office operating until the judges choose a replacement.

Read more at http://www.baumbach.org/b2evolution/blogs/index.php/2011/12/09/board_of_district_judges_appoint_a_distr

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Baumbach: District clerks’ indictments detailed by grand jury

BY BILL BAUMBACH
http://www.baumbach.org

The district clerks’ indictments which were announced yesterday at 5 p.m. The Collin County Observer is linking the indictments and the details of the charges as follows:

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Bill

Collin County Observer’s analysis of election

By Bill Baumbach, Viewpoint
Only 4.2% of voters countywide turned out for the local city, school board and Collin College Trustee election held yesterday.

State Representative, District 66
Mabrie Jackson 1,353 (56.33%)
Van Taylor 1,049 (43.67%)
This election is meaningless. Mabrie Jackson has withdrawn from the race for the unexpired term of Brian McCall, and Van Taylor has already been sworn in. Interestingly though, Plano voters in a general election chose Mabrie (even though she had disqualified herself), while a much larger number of Republican Primary voters chose Taylor in the primary run-off.

Trustee, Place 1 – Collin College Board of Trustees
Nancy Wurzman 5,439 (53.64%)
David Hammel 4,701 (46.36%)
Plano attorney Nancy Wurzman upset incumbant trustee on Collin College Board. I can’t remember the last time, if there ever was a last time that an incumbant on the college board of trustees was defeated.

Trustee, Place 3 – Collin College Board of Trustees
Larry Wainwright 5,911 (63.92%)
Earnest R. Burke 3,337 (36.08%)
This was an open seat.

City of Allen – City Councilmember, Place 4
Ron Alexander 291 (30.28%)
Robin L. Sedlacek 670 (69.72%)
Both incumbent council members handily win re-election.

City of Allen – City Councilmember, Place 6
Kevin Livesey 236 (26.37%)
Jeff McGregor 659 (73.63%)

Allen ISD – Trustee, Place 5
Paul Sundar-Singh 237 (26.19%)
Gary Stocker 668 (73.81%)

Anna ISD – Trustee, Place 3
Brent Hendricks 140 (62.22%)
Becky Woodard 85 (37.78%)

City of Anna – City Council, Place 6
Joe Osborn 63 (42.00%)
Becky Glover 87 (58.00%)

City of Celina – Councilman, Place 5
Brooke Kincannon 45 (32.37%)
Bill Webber 94 (67.63%)

City of Celina – Proposition 1
$2,475,000 for Fire Safety Facilities bonds
For 112 (61.54%)
Against 70 (38.46%)

City of Celina – Proposition 2
$685,000 for Public Safety Information Technology and Communications Equipment bonds.
For 105 (58.33%)
Against 75 (41.67%)

City of Celina – Proposition 3
$3,100,000 for Drainage Improvement bonds.
For 117 (64.29%)
Against 65 (35.71%)

City of Celina – Proposition 4
$2,000,000 for Street Improvement bonds.
For 126 (69.23%)
Against (en Contra) 56 (30.77)%

City of Celina – Proposition 5
$1,375,000 for Parks and Recreation Facilities bonds.
For 98 (53.26%)
Against 86 (46.74%)

City of Celina – Proposition 6
$1,375,000 for Parks and Recreation Facilities bonds.
For 107 (59.78%)
Against 72 (40.22%)

City of Frisco – City Council, Place 2
Matthew Herrera 345 (10.58%)
Tony Walsh 456 (13.99%)
Jeff Cheney 2,459 (75.43%)
Incumbent Cheney easily wins re-election.

City of Frisco – City Council, Place 2
John Keating 1,307 (39.06%)
David L. Prince 710 (21.22%)
Jim Joyner 1,329 (39.72%)
Jim Joiner and John Keating will have to face each other in a run-off.

City of Frisco – Proposition 1
Shall the City Charter be amended throughout to correct non-substantive errors…
YES 2,935 (91.23%)
NO 282 (8.77%)
It is gratifying to see that less than 10% of Frisco voters do not want to correct spelling errors in their charter.

City of Frisco – Proposition 2
Shall the Charter be amended to conform to the provisions and/or requirements of state and/or federal law?
YES 2,853 (90.14%)
NO 312 (9.86%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 3
Shall the Charter be amended to provide for clarification on the election of the places held by Council Members and Mayor; (Term Limits)
YES 2,215 (69.37%)
NO 978 (30.63%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 4
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the City Manager rather than the City Council shall appoint or remove the City Secretary?
YES 1,772 (56.78%)
NO 1,349 (43.22%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 5
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the City Council may, in its sole discretion, determine to hold only one (1) regular monthly meeting two (2) months out of the calendar year?
YES 2,135 (68.69%)
NO 973 (31.31%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 6
Shall the Charter be amended to clarify that if a certain percentage of affirmative votes to pass a measure to be approved by City Council is required, the number of affirmative votes must be measured against the entire qualified City Council, not just the number present and voting?
YES 2,729 (87.75%)
NO 381 (12.25%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 7
Shall the Charter be amended to require that the Personnel rules prepared by the City Manager and presented to the City Council for adoption shall include a procedure for the giving and receiving of gifts by City employees?
YES 2,734 (87.07%)
NO 406 (12.93%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 8
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the candidates for elective City office shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the election for which they are filing; and the required residency minimum for elective office be clarified to be for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the filing date?
YES 2,950 (93.03%)
NO 221 (6.97%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 9
Shall the Charter be amended to clarify petition signature requirements by qualified voters, designating the percentage of required signatures be at least thirty (30) percent of the number of votes cast at the last regular mayoral election (Recall petitions)
YES 2,483 (81.60%)
NO 560 (18.40%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 10
Shall the Charter be amended to clarify the establishment, qualifications and structure of the Planning and Zoning Commission?
YES 2,535 (85.21%)
NO 440 (14.79%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 11
Shall Section 9.06 (Sale of Liquor Prohibited in Residential District) be added to the Charter to provide that the sale of liquor by a person holding a package store permit, as described by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, is prohibited in any zoning district which allows, in whole or in part, residential development?
YES 2,177 (69.29%)
NO 965 (30.71%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 12
Shall Section 13.04 (Officers and Employees) be deleted from the Charter to remove an unnecessary transitional provision from the original adoption of the Charter which pertained to officers and employees who existed at the time of the original adoption of the Charter?
YES 2,524 (86.68%)
NO 388 (13.32%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 13
Shall the Charter be amended to clarify that City employees are prohibited from contributing to, making, soliciting or receiving contributions for and participating in any campaign activities of a Council Member or Mayoral candidate rather than any other candidate for office?
YES 2,559 (83.68%)
NO 499 (16.32%)

City of Frisco – Proposition 14
Shall the Charter be amended to provide for revised prohibitions, requirements, and procedures related to the acceptance of gifts by City Officials?
YES 2,657 (86.94%)
NO 399 (13.06%)

Lovejoy ISD – Trustee, Position 2 2
Steve Duke 279 (23.64%)
Ann Casey 901 (76.36%)

Lovejoy ISD – Trustee, Position 3
Mike Guilbeau 914 76.81%
Larry Essary 217 18.24%
Daris A. Nevil 59 4.96%

City of Lowery Crossing – 3 City Councilmembers
Dan Arney 34 (13.33%)
Willard Bailey 45 (17.65%)
Rusty Robinson 40 (15.69%)
Elizabeth Christian 42 (16.47%)
Jeremy Sexton 34 (13.33%)
Paul Wood 60 (23.53%)

City of McKinney – Proposition 1
$12.5 million general obligation bonds for park and recreational facilities
For 1761 (71.94%)
Against 687 (28.06%)

City of McKinney – Proposition 2
$11.35 million general obligation bonds for public safety facilities
For 1817 (75.39%)
Against 593 (24.61%)

City of McKinney – Proposition 3
$15.5 million general obligation bonds for acquiring, constructing and improving streets and associated drainage improvements
For 1951 (80.32%)
Against 478 (19.68%)

City of McKinney – Proposition 4
$5 million general obligation bonds for public works facilities
For 1740 (72.74%)
Against 652 (27.26%)

City of McKinney – Proposition 5
$4 million general obligation bonds for construction and improvement to flood control facilities
For 1729 (72.92%)
Against 642 (27.08%)

City of McKinney – Proposition 6
$3 million general obligation bonds for connectivity and improvements of municipal parking facilities in the Historic Downtown area.
For 1604 (66.45%)
Against 810 (33.55%)

McKinney ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 3
Kathi Livezey 297 (82.73%)
Victor Manuel 62 (17.27%)
This is Mr. Manuel’s 2nd run for the Board of Trustees. He’s been trounced badly both times.

McKinney ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 3
Curtis R. Rippee 921 (45.10%)
Cindy Evans 729 (35.70%)
Bobby Amick 392 (19.20%)

City of Melissa – City Councilmember, Place 1
Shannon Andre Mott 159 (40.66%)
Kim Youngblood 232 (59.34%)
Melissa had over a 17% voter turnout – over 4 times the county average.

City of Melissa – City Councilmember, Place 5
Dan Trott 188 (47.84%)
Brent Brown 144 (36.64%)
Micki Jobson 61 (15.52%)

City of Murphy – City Councilmember, Place 6
Dave Brandon 246 (53.83%)
Gus Delaloye 211 (46.17%)

Plano ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 1
Bart Ridley 1,,926 (36.32%)
Tammy Richards 2,929 (55.23%)
Robert Canright 448 (8.45%)
This seat is currently held by Duncan Webb, who was elected to the County Commissioners court.

Plano ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 2
Raj Menon 1,953 (35.94%)
Paul P. Kaminsky 1,181 (21.73%)
Carrolyn Moebius 2,300 (42.33%)
Incumbent Mary Beth King chose not to seek re-election.

Plano ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 3
Bret Cullers 2,292 (41.54%)
Nancy Humphrey 3,225 (58.46%)
John Muns did not to seek re-election. He ran unsuccessfully against County Judge Keith Self in the March GOP primary.

Princeton ISD – Board of Trustees (2)
Brent Williams 108 (27.20%)
Ricky Gillespie 154 (38.79%)
Carol Bodwell 135 (34.01%)

Prosper ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 1
Mark McGuire 472 (57.42%)
Steven Benavides 350 (42.58%)

Town of Prosper – Mayor
Ray Smith 602 (79.63%)
John Washburn 154 (20.37%)

Town of Prosper – Councilmember, Place 1
Dave Benefield 406 (58.08%)
Woody Adams 293 (41.92%)

Town of Prosper – Councilmember, Place 4
Meigs Miller 598 (81.69%)
Athena Bivens 134 (18.31%)

Town of Prosper – Councilmember, Place 6
Jason Dixon 465 (65.13%)
Trent Lewis 249 (34.87%)

Wylie ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 5
Lacey LaPointe 114 (14.06%)
Heather Leggett 567 (69.91%)
Art Borgemenke 130 (16.03%)
After voters turned down the greater part of 3 bond issues in a row, two members of the school board chose not to seek re-election. Nevertheless, Wylie voters stayed home. Turnout was only 3.3% – less than the county average.

Wylie ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 6
Joe Stooksberry 564 (68.03%)
Tanisha M. Owens 265 (31.97%)

Wylie ISD – Board of Trustees, Place 7
Stacie Gooch 613 (76.91%)
Curt Marcantel 184 (23.09%)

City of Wylie – City Councilmember, Place 1
Gilbert Tamez, Sr. 263 (42.97%)
David Goss 349 (57.03%)
This was Tamez’s second run at city council. Incumbent Davis Goss easily wins re-election.

Bill

UPDATE May 9

Below are some election results for cities and districts who conducted their own elections or whose elections were run by Dallas County. These results are not posted by the Collin County elections department because the county does not contract to conduct the election. I will continue to add to this list as I get final results.

Blue Ridge, Mayor
Phillip Pulliam 83% 81
Jim Bowling 17% 17

Blue Ridge, City Council, 2 positions
Wendy Shindler 28% 45
Bryan Burke 27% 43
Bill Pope 25% 39
Kenneth Beale 20% 32

Blue Ridge ISD, Bond proposition
For 71% 219
Against 29% 88

Blue Ridge ISD, Trustee, Place 7
Joe Harvey 59% 164
Kim Yancey 36% 100
Keiffer Harwell, Jr. 5% 13

Community ISD, Trustee, Place 4
Michael Walls 84% 117
Doug Farrish 16% 22

Community ISD, Trustee, Place 5
Tammy Walker 64% 114
Marc Stanfield 36% 64

City of Farmersville, Mayor
Joe Helmberger 70% 309
Diane Piwko 30% 132

City of Farmersville, City Council, Place 2
Paul Kelly 64% 265
Lee Warren 36% 147

City of Farmersville, City Council, Place 4
Jim Foy 66% 287
Kevin Green 34% 145

Farmersville ISD, 2 Trustees
Tommy Monk 25% 266
Jim Hemby 24% 259
Pete Vamvakas III 16% 165
Curtis Stanley II 15% 155
Darren Brooks 11% 112
Stanley Phifer 9% 92

Town of Josephine, Mayor
Mike Holmes 64% 122
Drew Binkley 36% 68

Town of Josephine, Alderman, Place 3
Lynn Gilbreath 51% 96
Doug Ewing 17% 32
Amanda Binkley 17% 31
Lee Roy Phillips 15% 28

Town of Josephine, Alderman, Place 5
Larry Aaron 50% 89
Bill Miller 20% 35
Billy Petty 18% 31
William Crosetti 12% 21

City of Lavon, City Council, Place 1
Chris Kane 70% 71
David Hawkins 30% 30

City of Lavon, City Council, Place 5
Charles Teske, Jr. 82% 80
John Horton 18% 18

City of Lucas, City Council, Seat 4
Philip Lawrence 49% 566
Wayne Millsap 48% 545
Sean McCaffity 3% 29
In a very close race, incumbent Wayne Millsap is forced into second place in a run-off by Philip Lawrence. The voters also re-elected two incumbents but defeated two tax propositions.

City of Lucas, City Council, Seat 5
Debbie Fisher 56% 651
Bryan Bellows 44% 514

City of Lucas, City Council, Seat 6
Kathleen Peele 56% 650
Scott Christiansen 44% 511

City of Lucas, Proposition 1
Business Enterprises Tax
For 41% 451
Against 59% 656

City of Lucas, Proposition 2
Projects and Tourism Tax
For 47% 477
Against 53% 547

City of Nevada, Mayor
Joe Poovey 62% 32
Johnny Stevenson 38% 20

Richardson ISD, Trustee, Place 3
Kris Oliver 70% 3,778
William Gordon 12% 629
Darryl Smyers 11% 572
Elaine Johnson 7% 360

Richardson ISD, Trustee, Place 4
Lanet Greenshaw 82% 4,108
Jennifer Hague 18% 928

Richardson ISD, Trustee, Place 5
Karen Holburn 89% 4,738
Raj Chari 11% 611

City of Richardson, Proposition 1
$24,710,000 Street Improvement bonds
For 64% 4,486
Against 36% 2,503

City of Richardson, Proposition 2
$22,645,000 Park and Recreation Facilities bonds
For 57% 4,010
Against 43% 2,987

City of Richardson, Proposition 3
$10,495,000 Municipal public buildings bonds
For 56% 3,910
Against 44% 3,075

City of Richardson, Proposition 4
$8,150,000 Neighborhood vitality improvement bonds
For 58% 4,053
Against 42% 2,949

Royce City, City Council, Place 4
Brooks Williams 63% 167
Jim McLeroy 37% 100

City of Sachse, City Council, Place 5
Patsy McMillan 52% 180
Pat Covington 48% 168

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Collin County Observer on 2010 elections

BY BILL BAUMBACH
COLLIN COUNTY OBSERVER

In the latest development over the equipping of District Attorney investigators as a “Rapid Response Team” complete with automatic weapons, the DA has notified the courts that until they “revise” their Mission, these “courthouse commandos” will not deploy.
In her memo addressed to the Courthouse Security Committee, DA Chief Investigator Novaline Varner wrote:
“The Collin County District Attorney’s Office is in the process of revising our Mission concerning First Responders. Effective immediately the Collin County District Attorney’s Office will not deploy a First Responders Team from our Office for any courthouse emergency or security matter. We will advise you when our mission study and any revisions have been completed.
“We will continue to support the Collin County Courthouse Security Committee and of course abide by Art. 2.13 Code of Criminal Procedure, Duties and Powers of a Peace Officer.”
The lack of a clearly defined mission and agreements between the DA Team and Bailiffs and other Law enforcement agencies was highlighted by the Commissioners Court in their discussion of the purchase of SWAT Team equipment last month.
When asked by commissioners about the apparent lack of procedures, Varner responded “We are working on an SOP, so everybody will know what they’re doing. but all of that takes time. While we’re wasting time getting through the red tape, we’re still training. I don’t want us to come across that we’re some kind of ‘Three Stooges’ type [operation].”
It is not known if the District Attorney will proceed with the purchase of $25,306.46 in SWAT Team guns and equipment utilizing his Drug Forfeiture Fund.
Collin County District Attorney: GOP Candidates at forum
The Collin County Observer believes that the District Attorney’s race is one of the most important election contests in recent county history.
I have tried on several occasions to record speeches by the three Republican candidates, but unfortunately I have not been able to get a good recording because these guys wander all over the stage and auditorium – delivering their talks “on the hoof.” It’s impossible to film them with a hand-held camera.
I am grateful to the Collin County Conservative Republican Club who super glued these gentlemen’s shoes to the floor long enough for me to record their opening remarks.
I hope you find the effort worthwhile and are able to learn something about these contenders who want to be your next District Attorney.

District Attorney race: Campaign contributions

JAMES “JIMMY” ANGELINO
http://www.angelino4da.com
Contributions July – Dec. $18,690
Expenditures July – Dec. $7,429
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 – $10,421
Loans – $5,000
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
Timothy Powers – $5,000
Frank Perez – $1,000
Mike Pinchinson – $1,000
Dallas Police Assoc. PAC – $1,500

K. JEFFERSON “JEFF” BRAY
http://www.brayforda.com/
Contributions July – Dec. $15,011
Expenditures July – Dec. $20,779
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 – $6,011
Loans – $46,000
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
William Bray – $6,000 (in-kind)
Clark Kennington – $3,000
Clark Kennington – $2,000 (pledged)
Harold Simmons – $1,000
Michelle Buckolow – $3,000 (in-kind)
Jeff Bray – $20,780

RAPHAEL DE LA GARZA
http://www.delagarzaforda.com/
Contributions July – Dec. $6,325
Expenditures July – Dec. $4,893
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 – $6,325
Loans – $
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
Bernardo De La Garza – $1,000
Gloria Trevino – $2,500

GREG WILLIS
http://www.gregwillis.org
Contributions July – Dec. $61,618
Expenditures July – Dec. $30,108
Campaign account balance Dec. 31 – $33,837
Loans – $
Major contributors (+- $1,000):
ABC Pediatrics McKinney PA – $1,000
Barbieri, Heather – $1,000
Barrett, Peter – $2,500
Baxter, Sam – $3,000
Burnham, Jim – $1,000
Crowder, Darlina – $1,000
Dean, Shan – $2,500
Finkelstein, Jeff – $1,500 (in-kind)
Franklin, Richard – $1,000
Gomez, David – $1,000
Herblin, Dana – $1,000
Howard Shapiro Attorney-at-Law PC – $1,250
Key, Paul – $1,000
Martin, EX III – $2,500
May, Jennie – $5,000
McCall, David III – $1,000
McKool, Mike Jr, – $2,000
Mitchell, Tandy – $1,000
Parker, George – $2,500
Renfro, John – $9,000
Waddill Skinner LLP – $1,000
Warmbrodt, Michelle – $2,500
Bill

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